Excerpt from Transvaal Forest Report
I visited this in company with the Director of Agri culture, and it was arranged to demarcate out from the town lands acres for a timber plantation; in demar cating the plantation ground the depth of soil to be well tested by digging pits to not less than three feet. The rainfall at Ermelo is not such as to allow of good results on shallow soil, which, therefore, as far as possible, must be excluded from the boundaries of the plantation areas. Though a somewhat irregular area will increase the cost of fencing, it will add to the beauty of the plantation (which is an object prized at Ermelo), and an irregular boundary will afford more shelter for stock. The irregular boundary will further have the advantage of allowing the trees more space to draw, from the subsoil moisture Of the adjoining ground during any time of severe drought.
A good site was selected for a nursery of about 10 acres in extent. The nursery site has a sufficient supply of water and a walled enclosure where the seed tins can find the necessary shelter.
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